INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Edge JANUARY 2004 - by Brian Eno
WHAT'S YOUR LAW?
Eno's First Law:
Culture is everything we don't have to do.
We have to eat, but we didn't have to invent Baked Alaskas and Beef Wellington. We have to clothe ourselves, but we didn't have to invent platform shoes and polka-dot bikinis. We have to communicate, but we didn't have to invent sonnets and sonatas. Everything we do - beyond simply keeping ourselves alive - we do because we like making and experiencing art and culture.
Eno's Second Law:
Science is the conversation about how the world is. Culture is the conversation about how else the world could be, and how else we could experience it.
Science wants to know what can be said about the world, what can be predicted about it. Art likes to see which other worlds are possible, to see how it would feel if it were this way instead of that way. As such art can give us the practice and agility to think and experience in new ways - preparing us for the new understandings of things that science supplies.